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Re: IAP-315 Range

With IPM off the IAP-315 will apply some minor restrictions when the POE source is 802.3af (15.4W): USB port disabled and max power on 2.4GHz reduced by 3dB.

That should not result in an amber LED (given that these restrictions are not considered very relevant), but depending on software code version the AP may actually put the LED in that mode. What code are you running?

When IP is enabled, all restrictions are initially removed and the LED should for sure be green. It could turn amber if the actual (measured by IPM) power consumption of the AP approaches the max budget from an 802.3af source. That is extremely unlikely though for an IAP-315.

Finally, with an 802.3at POE source, the LED should always be green, regardless of IPM status.

/Onno
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Re: IAP-315 Range

8.6.0.4_74969 (Digitally Signed - Production Build)

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Re: IAP-315 Range

I enabled IPM and now it's green.  I have two green lights on the APs.  If I turn ARM back on it lowers the power to 9 dBm on both 2.4 GHz radios and down to 18 dBm on both 5 GHz radios.

 

I guess where I am at is I have green lights but still pretty poor performance.  For example, my garage door on 2.4 GHz show a signal of 10 dB.  The one right next to it (maybe 10 feet closer to the AP) shows 18 dB.  Both are within 100 feet of the AP.  There are walls in between but this is residential framed construction.

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Re: IAP-315 Range

Well, 9dBm is a pretty low power setting on the AP. You may want to try disabling ARM and maxing out power.

10dB SNR will maintain the link, but is indeed not great..

/Onno
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Re: IAP-315 Range

I disabled ARM and set both of them to 24 dBm.  It's better, but barely usable at the end.

I'm going to have to add an access point to the garage and perhaps one on the other end of the house.  I can't believe I need 4 access points in a 3000 sq ft residential building.  I just did a 35,000 sq ft commercial build out (1 floor) with only 8 and it works great.

That said, should I be using a better / different model?  I like the IAP for the flexibility.  I've used Unifi in the past but their controller software leaves a lot to be desired.

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Re: IAP-315 Range


@MichaelM999 wrote:

We have Aruba access points at work and they work great.  I decided to buy a couple of IAP-315's for my new house.  One upstairs and one downstairs.  The coverage is pretty bad.  The garage is about 100 feet from the upstairs access point  and clients can barely connect.

I did the normal stuff (min / max power) and it didn't make much difference.  Probably because right now I am very low density with 2 or 3 devices connecting.

So I set the radios to 22 dBm and disabled IPM.  That made a slight difference and things are somewhat better.

How do I go about figuring this out?  I'm using WiFi Analyzer on my phone to measure signal strength and I have to be practically underneath of an AP to get anything better than -60 dBm.

Thanks,





How many walls/ceilings are between the garage and the upstairs access point and what are they made of?

 

https://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Wireless-Water-Cooler/RF-Attenuation-Values-of-typical-Building-Materials/td-p/298939/


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Re: IAP-315 Range

It's hard to say.  It's a fairly open floor plan but worse case there are 3 interior walls made of wood framing and 1/2" drywall.  The access point is mounted to the ceiling - higher than the garage openers that have WiFi.

If I add another access point it would be in the pole barn next to the garage because I have a drop in there.  Much higher ceiling but exterior walls with brick and stone.  There is a door between them that is wood which would be the path of least resistance.

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